Responding To World Events

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A Prayer Following Recent School Violence

Stabbings at Franklin Regional High School (Metro Pittsburgh)  on April 9: One student stabbed 20 others, sending 7 to surgery with critical injuries.


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A Congregational Act of Living Hope

We have experienced earthquakes, mass shootings, snow storms, missing airplanes, devastating mud slides, one country invading and taking over another, war, disease, famine, tornadoes, floods. Here is a congregational act of worship to give hope in difficult situations.


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At a Time Like This (Prayer Song in Time of Need)

This offertory prayer song is appropriate in response for any type of crisis. The song may be sung by soloist, unison choral voices, or congregation. 


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Brand New Mourning

We're never prepared
For the intrusion of
Acted out through
Harm and mayhem.


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Prayer During Tragedy

Something happens when life changes suddenly [in a time of tragedy or loss]. Life looks different than it used to.


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Laments are prayers for help in times of trouble — threats of violence, drought, disease, and treachery.


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God Leads Us Along (Arranged by McIntyre)

This gospel hymn by George Young has been arranged by Dean McIntyre for solo or unison choir and piano accompaniment and for piano solo. The traditional gospel hymn setting in Worship & Song (no. 3031) is here given a slower, more expressive, sometimes rubato treatment with new harmonies and progressions. This hymn is suitable following any disaster or in any time of adversity. It is also suitable as a commentary on God as our source of guidance and direction in all circumstances of life.


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Concerns and Prayers

We are a people who need you in your fullness
— as Creative Father, Redeeming Son, and Sustaining Spirit.
Our lives have complications and pain,
our world has war and despair.
But we were made in your image, and
your Spirit was breathed into us
that we might experience hope in your goodness.


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My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

Hymn for loss, grief, despair and above all Hope!
Words: Edward Mote (1834); Music: John B. Dykes 


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Counting Sparrows

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?
Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.
And even the hairs of your head are all counted.
So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:29-31, NRSV)  


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